Title – Chasing River
Author – K.A. Tucker
Publication Date – July 7, 2015
Series – Burying Water, #3
*Each Book in the Series Can Be Read as a Standalone*
Armed with two years’ worth of savings and the need to experience life outside the bubble of her Oregon small town, twenty-five-year old Amber Welles is prepared for anything. Except dying in Dublin. Had it not been for the bravery of a stranger, she might have. But he takes off before she has the chance to offer her gratitude.
Twenty-four-year-old River Delaney is rattled. No one was supposed to get hurt. But then that American tourist showed up. He couldn’t let her die, but he also couldn’t risk being identified at the scene—so, he ran. Back to his everyday life of running his family’s pub. Only, everyday life is getting more and more complicated, thanks to his brother, Aengus, and his criminal associations. When the American girl tracks River down, he quickly realizes how much he likes her, how wrong she is for him. And how dangerous it is to have her around. Chasing her off would be the smart move.
Maybe it’s because he saved her life, or maybe it’s because he’s completely different from everything she’s left behind, but Amber finds herself chasing after River Delaney. Amber isn’t the kind of girl to chase after anyone.
And River isn’t the kind of guy she’d want to catch.
Chasing River is a fantastic addition to K.A. Tucker’s collection of works. This book was unique and fascinating, telling a story that had me completely enthralled from the start. My initial curiosity about Amber was more than satisfied in Chasing River, where we really got to know her better. Her story felt very grown-up in a way, focusing on serious subjects and avoiding unnecessary drama and jealousy. K.A. Tucker didn’t hesitate to dive into this story and shake up the lives of her characters, forcing them to face things that make them uncomfortable. The allowance for growth and understanding that permeated Amber’s journey made her story that much more significant, allowing readers to relate to her insecurities, fears, and vulnerabilities as she sets out to discover who she really is. There also happens to be some serious tension waiting to explode between our main characters that honestly, just makes this book that much sweeter.
“I began wondering how much of the Amber I know would change outside of the world that I know.”
Amber’s growth throughout this book was phenomenal. When we first met her she was sensible, sweet, and always the responsible one with a plan. She was the ideal child who avoided rocking the boat in order to balance the reckless abandon of her twin brother. K.A. Tucker takes Amber through a beautiful transformation where we really get to see her spread her wings. This character embarks on an epic adventure that forces her to reexamine who she is, what she wants, and the true meaning of love. She embodied the new adult genre as she came into her own over the course of this story. The chemistry between Amber and River infiltrates every aspect of their story, providing their connection a sense of rightness and undeniability. K.A. Tucker has really written a great pair with these two characters. They made me laugh and feel and fall right alongside them.
“And Dublin is 4,682 miles away from Sisters. I Googled it.”
I smile, sadly “I really care about him. 4,682 times more than I ever cared about Aaron, or Brody, or even Neil. In a different way. A deeper way.”
There was a richness to the plot of Chasing River that just made this story feel special. Amber and River’s journey was infused with an abundance of history that kept me riveted to this story. The vibrant culture and fierce national pride that K.A. Tucker wove throughout this book made Chasing River shine and allowed for an authentic atmosphere to come to life in the book. The descriptive imagery had me standing on the Emerald Isle from the comfort of my own home, while the language and unique slang had my ears tingling in excitement at the prospect of a new BBF with a sexy accent. The cast of new characters were memorable and colorful, while I was surprised by the connection I felt to Amber and Ivy as I made my way through this book. Before this book I was somewhat indifferent to the smaller characters in this series, but K.A. Tucker did a great job at opening up Amber (and even Ivy) in a way that made me invest in them. Chasing River is another moving, one-of-a-kind book from this talented author and one you should definitely get your hands on!
Chasing River is the third book of interconnected standalones in the Burying Water series. While I’ve loved the previous books, I need a stronger word for this one because it was miles ahead of the others. There was something so special about everything Chasing River stood for. It wasn’t just a New Adult romance – it was a tale of love, self-acceptance, trust, but also so deeply rooted in history that it was fascinating.
“I don’t have the luxury of weeks or months or years with him. I have only days, and I don’t want to regret how I use them.”
Amber is a heroine who I admired so greatly because I could see pieces of myself in her, while also pretending I was her. She’s spending her time traveling the world, something that made her desires and her problems that much more appropriate to the genre. As a reader, I appreciate being taken on a journey and this one was something extraordinarily special. She was learning to trust herself, but she was figuring out how to navigate relationships with those around her, realizing that people change and grow – much the same way she was. I thought that Rider was the perfect counterpart for Amber. He had got lost somewhere between duty and family and the right thing. It wasn’t until Amber came into his life that he could see the greater picture and how his actions, or inactions in some cases, proved to be a bigger question of morality. He was never pushy or demanding, yet he somehow knew just where and how much to force Amber to question her circumstances. I was yearning for these two to get some sort of a happy ending from the very first moment they met, but you’ll just have to read it to find out what happens.
“The charade I’ve been starring in these past few days – the white knight, riding in to save her and sweep her off her feet – is effectively dead and buried.”
Not only was Chasing River about a romance abroad, but it brought so much light to a culture that is steeped in a fascinating history. The way that Tucker weaves these lessons into the story just left me breathless. I knew nothing about Ireland except of its beauty and the Blarney Stone. To get a whole other side of the country just made me so much more invested. Not only was I falling in love with the characters, but I was falling in love with the town, with the passion, and with the culture.
“A river may be diverted, its waters pooled, its natural course interrupted. But its current will only ever truly flow one way.”
There’s something about Tucker’s writing that will keep you coming back for more, but Chasing River is above anything else I have read by her. I so badly wanted to jump into the pages and become Amber, to immerse myself in this world of love, exploration, and growth. The writing was flawless, effervescent, and completely unforgettable, while the characters were flawed but searching to be whole. If you’re looking for a book to get lost in that will remind you of your adoration of reading, do yourself a favor and pick up Chasing River! I promise that you won’t regret it!
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Don’t Miss the Rest of the Series:
Burying Water (Burying Water #1)
Becoming Rain (Burying Water #2)
Surviving Ice (Burying Water #4)
K.A. Tucker is the author of He Will Be My Ruin and the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series. She currently resides outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and a Chug.